I don’t fully understand why Christmas comes around more quickly the older I get, but it truly does seem that way. All of us middle-aged folks say to each other, “I can’t believe it’s this time of year already!” And for whatever reason, this particular Christmas season seems busier than any of the previous ones! I glanced at our calendar that the kids have used since they were toddlers to count down the days until Christmas, and I cannot believe we’ve almost got a full nativity scene.
And while I have read my Bible daily and prayed, gone to church and listened to worshipful Christmas music, I still sensed that my heart was distracted. Maybe it’s the noise of the shopping mall or the clicking of the keys as I add more and more to my calendar. Or maybe it’s the wrapping paper being cut and the tape being pulled from the roll or the kids clarifying their Christmas List. I find it ironic that there is always plenty to keep our minds on anything but Jesus at Christmas time.
But, thankfully, with taking a break from school work, came a less-hurried Monday morning when I found myself in Hebrews 1.
“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets to many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son,…”
Indeed, God has spoken to us through Jesus. Jesus in the exact representation of God!
As the verses go on, they tell us why Jesus is better than angels.
Chapter 2, verse 1 says, “For this reason, we must pay closer attention….”
As it transitions from the topic of angels into Jesus being the only priest we need forever and ever, 3:1 says, “Therefore, consider Jesus,…”
Pay closer attention.
Now, of course, we should pay close attention to and consider Jesus every day of our lives, but Christmas is a specific time to double-down on turning away from distractions and devoting time to consider Jesus.
Have you had time to pull away from the every day responsibilities and to-do lists to consider Jesus? It is HIM we are celebrating after all.
“And He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature and upholds all things by the Word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3)
He is worthy of our time, our attention, our consideration, and our worship.